REL walks off with 3-2 win over Stanton
HANCOCK — A hard-fought battle on the diamond at Hancock Driving Park between REL Inc.-Mohawk Technologies and Superior National Bank-Stanton ended with a seventh inning, walk-off win for REL.
“Good pitching from Grant Johnson kept us alive,” said REL manager Tyler Loukus after the game. “We’ve been struggling with hitting but we’re getting there.”
REL advances to 2-1 in the Copper Country Twilight League while Superior National Bank falls to 0-3 in the young season.
Things went back and forth for the first two innings of play with routine grounders and fly-balls being caught and turned into outs. However, in the top of the third, Stanton put two runs on the scoreboard.
A missed third strike by REL catcher Rori Anderson put Jonathan Bostwick on first. He advanced to second on an error by third baseman Brian Halonen and would score on a hard-hit double that rolled to the left-center field fence by Stanton’s Justin Kirby. Three consecutive fly balls were missed in the outfield which moved Kirby around the bases and eventually across the plate for Stanton’s second run.
Left-hander Carter Nettle went the distance for Stanton. He recorded an impressive nine strikeouts in the game.
REL scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth with Grant Johnson making it to first on a passed ball third strike. He stole second and eventually made it home on a wild pitch.
REL went on to tie the game in a similar fashion in the fifth. Johnson made it to first on a hit-by-pitch. He stole second and came home on another wild pitch.
In the sixth, both teams went three up, three down, keeping the game even.
In the seventh, Stanton had a chance to take the lead with a two-out double by Kevin Bostwick, but Trent Keteri flied out to center, ending the threat and the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, REL put the proverbial nail in the coffin with leftfielder Colten Antes leading off with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a error by the Stanton shortstop and then to third on a base hit by Anderson. Antes would come home to win the game on error by Keteri at second
“That was a tough one,” said Stanton manager Daron Durocher. “We hung in to the end, but lazy sloppy play continues to haunt us. We need to work on fundamental baseball.”